first off, i've had very few bsod's since my last post, maybe 4. not enough to get going on the psu changeout. running ram at 800 speeds seems to be stable enough for my purposes.
ok, so today i got home from work a little early, turned on the pc, and the win7 welcome logo just floats there for ever... hmm, weird... reset using the reset button, try again, same result. same thing with the winxp install from seperate hdd... damned! safe mode won't get in, just shows black screen. so i shut down holding the power button 4 seconds, unplug the power from the psu, rock the power switch off then on, plug power back to psu, and start her up. success, gets into win7, everything looks ok, but the bd burner is not showing up, nothing changed, it's plugged in... hmmmmm.
so i pull an antec neo he 650r psu sitting on the shelf and install it.
computer starts right up, bd burner is there, and all is well.
next i'll try ramping the ram up to 1066, then 1333 and see if i'm stable.
it is a little warm around were these days, so it may very well be that the old pcp&c is finally getting to ghost (good call Mr. T). will report back as i ramp up the ram again.
one interesting thing i just noticed is with the old psu in, and setting ram to 800... i looked in the bios today, ram set to 800, but after i got the machine going before changing out the psu i looked at amd overdrive, and it is telling me the ram is running at 667 (1333 effective), but now with the new psu the ram is running at 400 (800 effective)... so i'd guess there was something with the old psu that wasn't regulating something right to have that difference between what i was telling the bios to do, and what amd overdrive was reporting in the os.
my main rig...
asrock 970 extreme3
AMD athlonII X3 440
zalman cpns5x performa hs/fan
crucial ballistix 2x4gb sport ddr3-1333
powercolor ax7750 1GBK3-H vga
antec neo he 650r
Samsung 840 EVo SSD 120 GB
toshiba 2TB HDD 64M cache sata3
seagate 1TB HDD 64M cache sata3
hitachi 2TB HDD 64M cache sata3
lg wh14ns40 bd burner
optiarc ad-7240s sata dvdrw (nec chipset)